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SNHU Earns Mental Health America Platinum Bell Seal

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Mental Health America (MHA) awarded Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) the 2024 Platinum Bell Seal for Workplace Mental Health, recognizing the university's commitment to creating healthy workplace environments for its employees. 

The award recognizes employers that work to improve employee mental health and create psychologically safe workplaces.

“Now more than ever, mental health must remain a priority and I am so proud of the culture of care at SNHU to support our people so they can best support our learners,” said Lisa Marsh Ryerson, university provost at SNHU. “The Mental Health America Platinum Bell Seal is a great honor and a testament to the important work our People Team does every day to listen to our employees and foster a safe and welcoming environment where everyone belongs.”

SNHU offers a number of programs and benefits intended to support employee mental health, including wellbeing time off, nutritional counseling, weekly “Press Pause Meditations,” and Workday Wellness Workouts, among others.

To earn the Platinum Bell status, SNHU completed a 58-criteria application that evaluated workplace practices and policies that pertain to employee mental health, including “workplace culture, benefits, compliance and wellness programs,” according to the MHA website.

May is also Mental Health Awareness Month, which is intended to raise awareness of the importance of mental health for all Americans while celebrating recovery from mental illness, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Mental Health America is a leading nonprofit dedicated to promoting mental health and mental illness prevention through its work in public education, research, public policy and advocacy.


Joe Cote is a writer and organic marketer at Southern New Hampshire University, where he has worked since 2016. Previously he spent more than a dozen years as a reporter and editor at weekly and daily newspapers in Vermont and New Hampshire. He lives near SNHU's Manchester, New Hampshire campus with his wife and daughter. Connect with him on LinkedIn.

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About Southern New Hampshire University

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SNHU is a nonprofit, accredited university with a mission to make high-quality education more accessible and affordable for everyone.

Founded in 1932, and online since 1995, we’ve helped countless students reach their goals with flexible, career-focused programs. Our 300-acre campus in Manchester, NH is home to over 3,000 students, and we serve over 135,000 students online. Visit our about SNHU page to learn more about our mission, accreditations, leadership team, national recognitions and awards.